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National pavilions draw large crowds at Yeosu Expo

By 박민영

Published : May 19, 2012 - 16:42

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National pavilions that highlight ongoing efforts by humanity to harmonize with the marine environment have drawn large crowds at the ongoing 2012 Yeosu Expo, organizers for the event said Saturday.

   Organizers for the exposition that will run till Aug. 12 said
on average more than 10,000 visitors have toured South Korea's
national pavilion with it massive dome screen. The screen gives
visitors the impression of flight and gliding through the sea.

   The Australian pavilion is also a favorite, drawing in over
7,000 visitors per day by giving people a chance to see colorful
images of the Great Barrier Reef off the country's eastern coast.

   It has also reserved a space so people can try kangaroo meat.

   At the U.S. pavilion, operators have set up a 21.7-meter screen
to show the brilliance and diversity of marine life, while Russia
has brought detailed replicas of its ice breakers, deep sea
submersibles and tools and equipment used to explore the North Pole.

   Organizers also said that Japan has displayed many of its
world-leading maritime technologies and used animation, visual
effects and real displays to show the impact that last year's
killer earthquake and tsunami had on the country.

   Other national pavilions that have attracted attention from
visitors are the Chinese and Thai buildings.

   The global fair is being held on a 250,000-square meter site
located in the port of Yeosu, 455 kilometers south of Seoul on the
country's southern coast.

   The fair recognized by the Paris-based Bureau of International
Exhibitions is focused on highlighting the important role the ocean
and coast play in everyday life and the need to live in harmony
with the world's marine environment. (Yonhap News)